Queensland National Park of the month DECEMBER

Posted by Maria Bowdler on Thursday, 30th of November, 2023

The December National Park of the month is Bellthorpe National Park, approximately 90 minutes drive north west of Brisbane.  It's located west of the Glass House Mountains at the southern end of the Conondale Range,

This rugged national park features open eucalypt forest, rainforest and cascades along Stony Creek. Remnants of Brandon’s Sawmill can still be seen on West Bellthorpe Road. Whether you have a high clearance 4WD, or just a pair of trusty hiking boots to get you around, you can explore a plethora of tracks that take you on a journey through this diverse park. Whether you're up for an explore or prefer to relax by the water, this park is worth the day trip.

Northern Territory Campground Hosts Opportunity

Posted by Maria Bowdler on Tuesday, 14th of November, 2023

Parks and Wildlife Commission of the NT have recently commenced a Campground Host programme and want to share the opportunity with bushwalking groups around the country. It’s a great way for keen walkers to check out the trails in one of seven unique and incredible parks.


The campground host programme is similar to those run in other states around the country. Being a host is a great opportunity to have a more in-depth experience in a park, get to know the rangers and become part of the team who manage these incredible landscapes. In exchange for free camping, hosts spend a few hours each day completing tasks such as:


  • greeting guests and helping them find their campsite
  • providing information about the park and the local area
  • doing routine maintenance and making sure the campsite is clean and tidy
  • liaising with park rangers regard­ing site con­di­tions, facil­i­ties and any issues


Outside of that, there’s plenty of time to explore the park and get out on the walking tracks! Depending where you may choose to host, you could be close by to the world famous Larapinta Trail or the beautiful Tabletop Track in Litchfield, amongst many others.


Here are the links to the POSTER and BROCHURE for further information and how to register your interest.


There are campground host sites located in 7 of our national parks:



FREE CPR Awareness Sessions

Posted by Maria Bowdler on Saturday, 11th of November, 2023

Link for dates, library locations and bookings

Are you interested in developing practical knowledge and skill in cardiopulmonary resuscitation?  This free workshop will give you the confidence to help keep someone alive using CPR while the ambulance is on its way.  Presented by qualified trainers from the Queensland Local Ambulance Committee, in partnership with the Queensland Ambulance Service.

Qld and NSW National Parks & forests alerts, closures and more. Links regularly UPDATED

Posted by Maria Bowdler on Friday, 1st of September, 2023

Be sure to check National Parks alerts and other sources before heading out on the tracks.

Qld National Parks alerts

NSW National Parks alerts

Three Top Tips For New Bushwalkers

Posted by Maria Bowdler on Wednesday, 17th of August, 2022

Queensland National Parks have published an article to help prepare for a great day walk - Click here to read about the importance of boots, weather and track fitness.

Need to brush up on your bushwalking skills?

Posted by Maria Bowdler on Monday, 1st of February, 2021


There's nothing like going bush with reliable and experienced bushwalkers to brush up on your skills not to mention the social benefits!  To help you on the way here are two websites offering thorough guidelines to restart or start your bush adventures.


  • The Bushwalking Manual: Information and guidelines for safe and enjoyable bushwalking in Australia is published by Bushwalking Victoria, and provides one of the best guides to safe bushwalking in Australia. You can find it at: https://bushwalkingmanual.org.au/
  • If you are new to bushwalking, and indeed if you need a refresher or have relative novices in your group, the National Parks Association of NSW Bushwalking 101 website is also of great help. You can find this at: https://bushwalking101.org/